Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) S Chaitanya said, “API Sachin Waze has been placed under suspension by an order of Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Special Branch”.
The NIA arrested Waze on late Saturday night in connection with its probe into the recovery of a Scorpio containing 20 gelatin sticks near Ambani’s house ‘Antilia’ in south Mumbai on February 25.
Waze (49), credited with eliminating 63 alleged criminals in ‘encounters’, is also facing heat in the murder case of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran.
Hiran was found to be in possession of the Scorpio and was later found dead in a creek in the Thane district on March 5.
A Mumbai court on Sunday remanded Waze in the NIA’s custody till March 25.
Waze was arrested under IPC sections 286 (negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance) 465 (forgery), 473 (making or possessing counterfeit seal with intent to commit forgery), 506(2) (criminal intimidation), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and relevant provisions of the Explosive Substances Act, a police official earlier said.
In its remand plea, the NIA submitted statements of witnesses to show Waze’s involvement in the case.
Waze, a 1990-batch officer of the state cadre, was earlier also suspended in 2004 over his role in the custodial death of a 2002 Ghatkopar blast suspect Khwaja Yunus and was reinstated last year.